Blending old and new

Senior Architectural Systems played a key role in the construction of the new Danum gallery, library and museum in Doncaster.

Designed by Bond Bryan and built by main contractor Willmott Dixon, the new cultural and learning hub was created following the restoration of four existing buildings. A key focal point of the scheme, and one that looks even more dramatic at dusk, is the restored frontage of a former Victorian school, which was framed by Senior’s slimline SF52 aluminium curtain wall and showcased within a new steel-frame building.

The striking glazed facade, which was fabricated and installed by Senior’s supply chain partner Chemplas, also features Senior’s aluminium commercial doors.

As well as accentuating the architectural appeal of the former Doncaster High School for Girls, the scheme was designed to provide a light, airy and welcoming space for the local community to explore some of the town’s heritage and previously unseen exhibits.

Benefiting from a strong yet slim aluminium frame, Senior’s SF52 curtain wall system minimises sightlines and provides views of the restored school building’s period features. The system’s enhanced thermal performance will also help boost the scheme’s overall energy efficiency.

Available as a mullion drained system which removes the need for visible drainage slots, Senior’s SF52 curtain wall can be specified as capped, silicone sealed or as a combination of the two for even greater design flexibility. Thanks to Senior’s in-house powder coating facility, the SF52 system is available in an almost unlimited range of colours and finishes.